i'm going to play a game. i do this when i can't sleep (like now) - usually in my head, but because this blog doesn't get a lot of action, i thought i'd share.
rules are simple. pick the first word that comes to your head corresponding with the letter of the alphabet. usually i do things like country names, types of trees, fruit, brands of cars, etc. today's topic is broad, and therefore, easy: japan.
a - asakusa
|area in tokyo known for maintaining the 'old' feel of the |
entertainment district and it's famous senso-ji temple and shrine
b - bento
|aka "boxed lunch"|
|lucky school kids have moms that do stuff like this with their bento|
e - enka
|traditional and/or sentimental ballads|
usually conjures up an image of something like this lady...
|...but then there is also this guy - jero|
f - fugu
|it's poisonous - |
a chef has to be specially certified in order to prepare it
g - genkan
|entryway (technically, a foyer) - more info|
first tip you are given about japanese customs is
"take off your shoes before you enter someone's home".
idk why people think this is unique to japan.
you better take off your shoes when you come into my house too!
h - himeji-jo
|beautiful castle in himeji, hyōgo|
i - ikebukuro (hubby has been randomly saying this apropos of nothing the past few days)
|commercial and entertainment district in tokyo|
j - jizo
|protector of unborn children|
k - kaiseki
|traditional multi-course meal|
l - licca-chan
|essentially, the japanese barbie - more info|
seems more like horror movie fodder than child's plaything to me...
m - maiko
n - ninjin
(i just like the sound of it. and also carrots in japan are HUGE,
and the ones in kyoto are red. weird.)
o - onigiri
q - there is no q .... ichi maru Q? that counts, right? lol
|109 shopping building in shibuya, tokyo |
- called ichi (1) maru (circle) kyu (9)
...and nine sounds like q so it's made to look sort of like one
r - ramen
more info (because it's NOT the instant crap you eat)
s - shinkansen
t - tayu
|top ranked orian (prostitute/entertainer of yore) -|
NOT a geisha
u - ume
|japanese plum - usually eaten pickled|
and the blossoms are just a beautiful as sakura
v - there is no v in japanese... i'll go with VICTORY! (not "peace", like we think)
|inevitably, cameras come out and fingers go up|
w - wagashi
y - yokai
z - zatoichi
|zatoichi: the blind swordsman|
there are several versions but i've only seen this one.
it's a great movie written & directed by
and starring beat takeshi.
it has an ending dance number that is equal parts
totally awesome and 'wtf did i just watch?!'
first, zenzen popped in my head, but that's hard to demonstrate in a picture.
ie. zenzen wakarimasen - i don't understand at all.
zenzen OK! - it's totally okay.